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University of Georgia
state and local government, public finance, public financial management, nonprofit financial management, governmental accounting, nonprofit accounting, urban economic development, tax increment financing, revenue diversification, state and local taxation, quantitative methodology
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About Me

I am Associate Professor, MPA Director and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Public Administration & Policy at The University of Georgia. My research focuses on management and policy issues of state and local governments, particularly related to taxation, revenue diversification, and urban economic development, as well as the interconnectedness of the public and nonprofit sectors and the implications for tax policy, nonprofit management, and public service provision. My research appears in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, The American Review of Public Administration, and Urban Affairs Review among other academic journals. I served as Treasurer of a local grassroots nonprofit organization called BikeAthens for three years prior to becoming MPA Director. I was also elected governing board members of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (2011-2013), Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (2006-2008), and as editorial board member of Urban Affairs Review (2009-2011). I currently serve in the appointed positions of Treasurer for the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management and Associated Editor of Public Administration Review.

Recent Publications

Selected Refereed Journal Articles

  1. “Alternative Service Delivery: Does Nonprofit Financing Influence State Tax Burden?” (with Thad Calabrese), The American Review of Public Administration. Vol. 43, No. 2 (2013): 200-220.


  1. “Nonprofit Exemptions and Homeowner Property Tax Burden” (with Thad Calabrese), Public Finance and Management. Vol. 12, No. 1 (2012).


  1. “’Debrucing’ the Link between Tax and Expenditure Limits and Special District Governments” (with Stephen B. Billings). Growth and Change. Vol. 43, No. 2 (2012): 273-303.


  1. “The Effects of Assessment Quality on Revenue Volatility,” (with Christopher B. Goodman, Ph.D. Student), Public Budgeting & Finance. Vol. 31, No. 1 (2011): 76-94.


  1. “Examining Small Town Revenues: To What Extent Are They Diversified?” (with Terri Johnson), Public Administration Review. Vol. 70, No. 2 (2010): 223-235.


  1. “Diversifying Municipal Government Revenue Structures: Fiscal Illusion or Instability?” Public Budgeting & Finance. Vol. 29, No. 1 (2009): 27-48.


  1. “Revenue Diversification in Nonprofit Organizations: Does it Lead to Financial Stability?” (with Keely Jones Stater), Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Vol. 19, No. 4 (2009): 947-966.


  1. “Is There a ‘GAAP Gap’? A Politico-Economic Model of Municipal Accounting Policy” (with Justin Marlowe), Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management. Vol. 21, No. 4 (2009): 501-523.


  1. “Nonprofit Activity and County Financial Condition” (with Keely Jones Stater and Brian Gamsey, MPA Student), Municipal Finance Journal. Vol. 29, No. 3 (2008): 1-26.


  1. “Tax Increment Financing and Property Value: An Examination of Business Property Using Panel Data,” Urban Affairs Review. Vol. 43, No. 4 (2008): 520-552.


  1. “Road to Ruin? A Spatial Analysis of State Highway Spending” (with Donald Bruce, John A. Deskins and Jonathan C. Rork), Public Budgeting & Finance. Vol. 27, No. 4 (2007): 66-85.


  1. “Taking Stock of Gaps To Be Closed: Survey Findings from the States” (with Kristin A. Wagers, MPA Student). Public Works Management & Policy. Vol. 11, No. 4 (2007): 292-304.


  1. “Guns vs. Taxes? A Look At How Defense Spending Affects U.S. Federal Tax Policy.” Public Budgeting & Finance. Vol. 26, No. 4 (2006): 59-78.

  1. “Brownfields, Crime, and Tax Increment Financing” (with Robert J. Eger, III). The American Review of Public Administration. Vol. 36, No. 4 (2006): 455-477.


  1. “Are State Governments Prepared For Fiscal Crises? A Look At Revenue Diversification During the 1990s,” Public Finance Review. Vol. 33, No. 5 (2005): 603-633.
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